20 | CITISCAPES | JUNE 2019 UAMS Celebrates 20 Years of the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education he University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently held a celebration to honor the legacy of Lawrence Schmieding and the 20th anniversary of the UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education in Springdale. Held at the center at 2422 N. Thompson St., the event drew members of UAMS leadership and staff, Schmieding Foundation Inc. President Gilda Underwood, foundation vice president Lance Taylor, community leaders and members of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board. INSIDER SPSF of NWA — 35 Years of Changing Lives Through Education he Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, which serves Washington, Carroll and Madison counties, is celebrating 35 years of changing lives through the power of education. Created in 1984 as the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County, the organization has diligently pursued its mission to help create better, brighter futures for single parent families by offering encouragement and access to higher education. Starting as a grassroots project, the SPSF of Northwest Arkansas is now a flourishing organization that has awarded more than $6.5 million in scholarships to 9,500 recipients over the past 35 years. SPSF of NWA executive director Tyler Clark says the organization is now witnessing a multi-generational impact, with children of scholarship graduates continuing with the academic success modeled by their parents. “Not only are we seeing the success of our recipients moving out of poverty, but their children are wanting to go to school as well,” Clark says. “Now we are even seeing a third generation, grandchildren of original recipients, seeking higher education. This is a dream of the founders coming to fruition.” In addition to financial support, SPSF of NWA also offers professional development to help ensure the academic and professional success of recipients. New programs added in 2018 include on-site counseling services for behavioral health issues that come with single parenthood, coaching to develop skills for the campus and classroom and The Empower Summit, which connects alumni, recipients and interested applicants to an array of resources and information. The organization’s 17th annual celebration event, Spark of Hope, will be held June 20 at the Fayetteville Town Center. Some 500 people are expected to attend the event, which will focus on the success stories of scholarship recipients, alumni and their children. “We’ve learned that recipients tell the story of our organization the best,” Clark says. “That’s who the donors and others want to hear from.” The organization will also present Spark of Hope Awards to David Erstine, Prairie Farms and the Glen Conklin Foundation, as well as awards to a local professor and employer chosen by the scholarship recipients. —By Kara Isham ■ Visit www.spsfnwa.org for more information. T T SPSF of NWA alumni LaDeana Fleshman and Liz Baker Ray with friends and family at Golftoberfest 2015. UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, right, presents a letter from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson commemorating the legacy of Lawrence H. Schmieding to Gilda Underwood, Schmieding Foundation Inc. president. Founding board members Doris Cordes, Ruth Collier and Marcia McCain (shown clockwise from left ) were still serving at the beginning of this year. McCain has since passed away.